Building Belonging: A toolkit for early childhood educators on cultural diversity and responding to racial prejudice

Megan Mitchell, Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner, talks to We Hear You about the launch of a new comprehensive toolkit by the Australian Human Rights Commission to help encourage respect for cultural diversity and tackle racial prejudice in early childhood settings. “I don’t play with black kids cos my dad told me so.” “I don’t … Continue reading “Building Belonging: A toolkit for early childhood educators on cultural diversity and responding to racial prejudice”

A journey of embedding culturally inclusive practice

‘I expected to come back from Yarrabah with loads of paperwork and ideas about programming. But that didn’t really happen. What we came back with was a deeply spiritual and emotional understanding that has been infinitely more useful.’  Allison Sullings, Senior Manager Children’s Programs at Belconnen Community Service believes educators can enrich their program by … Continue reading “A journey of embedding culturally inclusive practice”

Cultural Competence

ACECQA’s National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone provides insight into National Quality Framework topics of interest. Interacting with various cultures enriches our everyday lives. Building cultural competence in educators and children promotes equity, respect and valuing of different cultures. But as the Early Years Learning Framework and Framework for School Age Care show, cultural competence is much more … Continue reading “Cultural Competence”

What does it mean to be culturally competent?

This week on We Hear You, Rhonda Livingstone, ACECQA’s National Education Leader, writes about cultural competence.  Cultural competence is about our will and actions to build understanding between people, to be respectful and open to different cultural perspectives, strengthen cultural security and work towards equality in opportunity. Relationship building is fundamental to cultural competence and … Continue reading “What does it mean to be culturally competent?”

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

ACECQA’s National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone shares her insight into National Quality Framework topics of interest.  August 4 is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. This is an important chance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to celebrate their children, and for non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to reflect on how they acknowledge, … Continue reading “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day”

Reconciliation at your service: Practical steps for recognising and including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and peoples

This week is National Reconciliation Week (NRW) and the theme for 2019 is ‘Grounded in Truth – Walk Together with Courage’. NRW 2019 acts as a reminder to all Australians that we should all strive towards reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, and that it is the shared responsibility of … Continue reading “Reconciliation at your service: Practical steps for recognising and including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and peoples”

Creating positive mealtimes

ACECQA’s National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone shares her insight into National Quality Framework topics of interest.  Mealtimes at education and care services offer many rich opportunities to promote positive outcomes for children. Positive mealtimes are not only about nutritional requirements – they can shape children’s learning, development, health and wellbeing. They involve every child enjoying nutritious and … Continue reading “Creating positive mealtimes”

Mentoring matters

ACECQA’s National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone provides insight into National Quality Framework topics of interest. Mentoring strengthens educators’ professional development and growth and builds capacity.  Through support of quality practice in the National Quality Standard (NQS) Quality Areas 1, 4 and 7, mentoring also promotes positive outcomes for children and families. Commonplace within most professions and … Continue reading “Mentoring matters”

Playing your part in child protection

ACECQA’s National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone provides insight into National Quality Framework topics of interest. Child abuse and neglect is preventable. If we all work together as a community we can create an Australia where all children can grow up safe and well. What role can you play in supporting children and their families? ~ Richard Cooke, … Continue reading “Playing your part in child protection”

‘It takes a village to raise a child’: The role of community – Part 4

ACECQA’s National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone provides insight into National Quality Framework topics of interest. Positive relationships between education and care community members strengthen quality outcomes for children. In the fourth part of our series, we outline some key strategies for developing relationships with your community members. Building relationships with my community Understand the ingredients of … Continue reading “‘It takes a village to raise a child’: The role of community – Part 4”